This masterpiece at Chandler has been dubbed The Long House for a reason.
Shaun Lockyer, of Shaun Lockyer Architects, created the house which is set on acreage. The elongated, linear floorplan stretches out across the east-west axis to take advantage of the northeastern exposure.
Capitalising on the space available, and creating a fluidity inside and out, Mr Lockyer created an outdoor room defined by white brick “ha-ha’’ walls; a ha-ha being a recessed landscape design element that creates a vertical barrier whilst still preserving uninterrupted views of the area beyond.
Mr Lockyer said the house was a great example of “simple, done well”.
“The only challenges were to do with planning, title and some technical issues regarding the drainage and foundations. However, these were overcome very early on in the process and the builders, M2 Construct, did a fantastic job, completing the project on time and on budget,” Mr Lockyer said.
“Architecturally, this project represents a great example of how with relatively limited means, something interesting can be achieved.” The new build cost about $1 million.
Combined with a couple of full-height walls featuring large circular apertures, the design of the outdoor room adds depth and intrigue to the property without inhibiting the flow of space and light.
“The clients were interested in mid-century modern work, referencing white painted brick specifically, but they also wanted to contextualise the house in the subtropics,” Mr Lockyer said.
“To this end, we proposed a mix of simple modern forms with some playful combinations of simple, timeless materials.”
He said they chose a random selection of bricks from PGH Bricks and had them painted in Dulux’s Lexicon Quarter Strength.
Mr Lockyer said the brick was renowned for its robust nature and longevity and provides a fresh, bright contrast to the timber and dark cladding above; a striking juxtaposition that continues inside with crisp, white ceilings and walls setting the backdrop for charcoal cabinetry and spectacular mosaic cladding in the kitchen and bathroom.